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Religious Freedom under the Personal Law System$
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Farrah Ahmed

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780199458066

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199458066.001.0001

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Adequate Religious Options

Adequate Religious Options

(p.132) 6 Adequate Religious Options
Religious Freedom under the Personal Law System

Farrah Ahmed

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the implications of the personal law system for religious options available to people. It found that the system harmed the option of religious practice and the option of refraining from religious practice. Several defences of the system’s effect on religious options – including the voluntary power-conferring nature of many personal laws and the possibility that the option of personal law enhanced religious practice – were considered and rejected. Overall, the personal law system’s impact on the religious options of those subject to it harms religious autonomy.

Keywords:   self-creation, autonomy, freedom from religion, personal need, barriers to religious practice

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